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PS Grace McLean unclear of specific reason behind Ruel Reid's resignation

Published:Wednesday | May 15, 2019 | 7:41 PM
McLean... not aware of a criminal investigation taking place at her ministry.

The permanent secretary in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information Grace McLean says she is not able to say the specific reason for the sudden resignation of former minister Ruel Reid.

McLean, appearing at Wednesday's meeting of the Public Administration and Appropriations Committee (PAAC) of Parliament disclosed, too, that she heard of Reid’s resignation in the media.

She also said she was not aware of a criminal investigation taking place at the ministry.

"I learnt in the media that an investigation is taking place, I think as recently as last week," said McLean. 

McLean acknowledged that she has been interviewed "a couple of times" by different agencies and that she has been asked to give consent for other employees of the Education Ministry to be questioned.

"I can speak specifically to the Financial Investigation Division of the Ministry of Finance," McLean said, identifying one of the agencies that participated in the interviews.

In a statement on March 20, Prime Minister Andrew Holness announced that he asked Reid to step down to clear the way amid an investigation into allegations of corruption at the Ministry of Education Youth and Information.

Holness said in keeping with the principles of good governance, he requested and received Reid’s resignation as minister.

Last week, Police Commissioner Major General Antony Anderson confirmed that Reid is the subject of a criminal investigation.

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